While reading in my scriptures yesterday, I came across Mosiah 15:8.
And thus God breaketh theÂ bands of death, having gained theÂ victory over death; giving the Son power to makeÂ intercessionÂ for the children of menâ€”
I didnâ€™t think much about this verse yesterday. It seems to be in line with what I believe. It wasnâ€™t until this evening when I read the next verse that Abinadiâ€™s message became clearer.
Having ascended into heaven, having the bowels of mercy; being filled with compassion towards the children of men; standing betwixt them and justice; having broken the bands of death, taken uponÂ himself their iniquity and their transgressions, having redeemed them, andÂ satisfied the demands of justice.
When we read the two verses together, we see there were several acts Jesus needed to perform before he could get to the point where God would let himÂ intercedeÂ on our behalf.
- Ascend into heaven
- Have bowels of mercy
- Be filled with compassion towards us
- Stand between us and justice
- Break the bands of death
- Take uponÂ himself our iniquity and transgressions
- Redeemed us
- Satisfy the demands of justice
Having seen this in new light, describing the Atonement as Jesus suffering for our sins and implementing the Resurrection just seems underwhelming.